Today Google announced that Google Express (formerly known as Google Shopping Express) has launced in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. bringing a ton of new retailers with it. For those unfamiliar with the service, it is a same-day delivery service that lets you order from multiple local retailers and have the products delivered by Google themselves. The service does not mark-up any of the products but does require a membership fee of $95/year or $10/month. There is also a $4.99 per-order pay-as-you-go option, and a three-month trial for new users.
If you happened to watch last night’s Walking Dead episode online, you might have noticed a few new ads from Google. Yup, they quietly released these because they like having fun with us.
There are three 30 second ads in all with the first one revealing the Nexus 6 with Android L navigation buttons and a new ringtone, while the second one shows the Nexus 9. You will also notice the “Be Together, Not The Same” theme here implying that the Nexus 6 is very big and might not be for everyone. The third ad continues this theme, but doesn’t reveal any of the devices.
The future of Xiaomi is not found in its homeland China. The company is looking at new markets for expansion. It is one of the reasons that Hugo Barra made the jump from Google to Xiaomi. Now, another former Googler is heading out to join Barra. Xiaomi has hired Jai Mani, who worked on Google Play and other items from 2009 until 2013, to lead the Chinese company into India. Barra and Mani do have a history of working with one another at Google.
Here is some of what Hugo Barra had to say about Mani’s hiring:
“The first person we hired is someone who’s going to be the glue between our users in India, product feedback that we receive, and the engineering team we have in Beijing as well as the engineering team that we are going to be building fairly soon in India.”
Via: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)
The update coming for Google Play Services and Google Play Games brings another neat feature called Nearby Players.
According to a report published earlier today, Google is preparing to launch an all-in-one Play Music ‘Chrome App’ it anticipates will challenge iTunes. The service will be able to run anywhere the Chrome browser is capable of functioning and will provide users with the facility to play, edit, access local files, stream music from the cloud and purchase content via its built-in music store.
Need a medical condition explained to you a little bit better? Or do you have a question? Google can help with that by providing professional help. A trial feature being discovered by some users of Google Search shows that Google is offering video chats with doctors. The button to engage in a video chat appears when looking up a medical condition. During the trial period, Google is covering all costs to video chat with a doctor. This is all connected to the Helpouts by Google service that connects curious people with professionals and experts.
Does being directed to a doctor for a video chat appeal to you? Let us know in the comments.
Nothing is easy in the tech business, but apparently wearables are even more difficult. When sitting down with Vanity Fair, Google X’s Astro Teller explained what he and the company has learned. The toughest part is getting people to change their habits in order to put on a wearable. Teller said that wearables will “eventually be a part our lives, but there’s this mantra that there’s no point wearing something on your body—because that’s a big ask.” It is just taking quite some time to get there.
We have heard rumors that October 15th could be the day we finally get to officially see the HTC-made Nexus 9, and we just got further confirmation, and a bonus….the price. BSN is reporting that Google will introduce the Nexus 9 on October 15, but unfortunately it won’t be available until November 3rd for $399
That is contrary to what we have seen in recent years. Generally, when Google introduces a new device, it’s available for order the same day or at least the next day.
Google’s popular conversational search is the best in the game, but that doesn’t mean they’re not looking to improve.
Google has released the Play Store 5.0.31 update, which includes a new layout, icon, and design.